COVID-19 Update: Caring for Cancer Patients
The most important priority for our community is to stay home!
The Peak Resource Day for Virginia was April 20. That was last week. Having passed Peak Resource Day does not mean that COVID-19 has left the community.
Please continue to Social Distance to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in our community. Flattening the curve is the best way to help ensure that Augusta Health will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies we may need. Now is not the time to stop social distancing!
As a community, we have taken many necessary steps to create social distancing---schools are closed, non-essential services are closed and Governor Northam has issued a Stay-at-Home Order. Thank you for the part you have played in flattening the curve.
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If you have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure
Please call our COVID Care Call Center at (540) 332-5122. We have a team of nurses answering the calls seven days a week between 8 am and 4:30 pm.
Augusta Health's COVID-19 Assessment Center is located at the Waynesboro Urgent Care at 201 Lew Dewitt Boulevard in Waynesboro. At the Assessment Center, patients can be evaluated, treated and educated about respiratory illness and tested for COVID if needed. Availability of tests is improving.
The COVID Care Call Center and COVID-19 Assessment Center work together to see patients effectively while reducing possible exposure of others to COVID-19.
Taking Care of Cancer Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Like patients with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, those with cancer are at a higher risk for developing severe complications with COVID. Additionally, cancer patients on chemotherapy can be immunocompromised, which means their white blood cell counts are low or not well-functioning. This makes it difficult to fight an infection like COVID-19.
But cancer treatments can't pause for COVID-19.
Throughout the COVID-19 response, Augusta Health's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has seen an average of about 85 patients every day, and there are concerns when treating cancer patients during a pandemic. The answer has been safety, safety, safety!
Learn how the Augusta Health Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has adapted their processes to take care of their patients safely:
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